The Most Insane Lego Machine I've Ever Seen

By Jesus Diaz on at

MADNESS! THIS IS MADNESS! Its maker calls this machine the Lego Great Ball Contraption, but honestly, there are no words to describe this level of mindblowiness that I've experienced watching this video. It surprised me at every step. Seriously, I've never ever seen any contraption so gloriously crazy.

Built by Lego genius Akiyuki over the course of two years, (spanning 600 hours of construction time), the machine has staggering dimensions: 17 modules that process 500 balls for a length of 101.7 feet (31 metres) at a rate of one ball per second. The total size is 5 by 21 feet (1.5 metres by 6.5 metres).

But this is not just about its crazy size. It's about what this thing does -- the modules are pure genius. Some of them should have their own video, like the archimedes screw or the basket shooter.

Here's the list of modules:

1. Ball factory
2. Zigzag stair
3. Zigzag lift
4. Pneumatic
5. Cup
6. Screw T1
7. Basket shooter
8. Mechanical train
9. Screw T2
10. Screw T3
11. Spiral lift T2
12. Elevator & coaster
13. Fork
14. Spiral lift T1 & step
15. Catch & release
16. Belt conveyor & pinball
17. 5-axis robot S750

It uses every trick in the book. The more I watch it, the more I'm convinced Lego should hire Akiyuki to demonstrate the power of their bricks. Heck, give the man control over all your inventory, Lego. He's the kind of guy that would build a full-size mecha factory out of your bricks. [Lego karakuri—Thanks D4rKlar!]